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There seems to be no notification that these files are publicly available and no web page listing all the submissions. Therefore, unless you know they are there, you won’t find them. But you can find them all through Google using this search string “NOI site:http://www.nist.gov/itl/upload/”

Read More Secret Stash: responses to DoC/NIST 'Cybersecurity and Innovation in the Internet Economy' Notice of Inquiry

For your consideration, two articles in today’s New York Times. First, “How to Remind a Parent of the Baby in the Car?:” INFANTS or young children left inside a vehicle can die of hyperthermia in a few hours, even when the temperature outside is not especially hot. It is a tragedy that kills about 30…

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This event will be the first discussion of these Federal cybersecurity R&D objectives and will provide insights into the priorities that are shaping the direction of Federal research activities. One of the three themes is “Cyber economic incentives — foundations for cyber security markets, to establish meaningful metrics, and to promote economically sound secure practices.”

Read More "Cyber Economic Incentives" is one of three themes at Federal Cybersecurity R&D Kickoff Event

In “White House Cyber Czar: ‘There Is No Cyberwar’,” Ryan Singel writes: As for his priorities, Schmidt says education, information sharing and better defense systems rank high. That includes efforts to train more security professionals and have the government share more information with the private sector — including the NSA’s defensive side. “One thing we…

Read More I look forward to merging your unique visibility into my own

I know that reading the new 376 page US “National Broadband Plan” is high on all your priority lists, but section 14 actually has some interestingly New School bits. In particular: Recommendation 14.9: The Executive Branch, in collaboration with relevant regulatory authorities, should develop machine-readable repositories of actionable real-time information concerning cybersecurity threats in a…

Read More National Broadband Plan & Data Sharing

Industry ‘experts’ misfired when they criticized Microsoft’s Scott Chareney’s “Internet Security Tax” idea. Q: How many of these ‘experts’ know any thing about information economics and public policy responses to negative externalities? A: Zero. Thus, they aren’t really qualified to comment. This is just one small case in the on-going public policy discussions regarding economics of information security, but given the reaction of the ‘experts’, this was a step backward.

Read More 'Experts' misfire in trying to shoot down Charney's 'Internet Security Tax' idea

In addition, while traditional bank robbers are limited to the amount of money they can physically carry from the scene of the crime, cyber thieves have a seemingly limitless supply of accomplices to help them haul the loot, by hiring so-called money mules to carry the cash for them. I can’t help but notice one…

Read More Krebs on Cyber vs Physical Crooks

There has been a disconnect between the primary research sectors and a lack of appropriate funding in each is leading to decreased technological progress, exposing a huge gap in security that is happily being exploited by cybercriminals. No one seems to be able to mobilize any signficant research into breakthrough cyber security solutions. It’s been very frustrating to see so much talk and so little action. This post proposes one possible solution: Information Security Pioneers Fellowship Program (ISPFP), similar to Gene Spafford’s proposal for a Information Security and Privacy Extended Grant (ISPEG) for academic researchers.

Read More Everybody complains about lack of information security research, but nobody does anything about it